NTV is a Russian television channel that was launched as a subsidiary of Vladimir Gusinsky's company Media-Most. Since April 14, 2001, Gazprom Media has controlled NTV.HistoryVladimir Gusinsky founded NTV in 1993, attracting talented journalists and news anchors of the time such as Tatiana Mitkova, Leonid Parfyonov, Mikhail Osokin, Yevgeniy Kiselyov, Vladimir A. Kara-Murza, Victor Shenderovich and others. The channel set high professional standards in the Russian television, giving live coverage and sharp analysis of current events. Starting before the dissolution of Soviet Union as Fourth Programme, the channel broadcast a daily news programme Today and a weekly news commentary programme Itogi. In the early 1990s, Video International, a multi-billion dollar advertising agency, obtained exclusive advertising rights on NTV.It favourably commented on President Boris Yeltsin's re-election campaign in 1996.By 1999, NTV had achieved an audience of 102 million, covering about 70% of Russia's territory, and was available in other former Soviet republics.